In Syria, a city under attack. Soldiers opening fire on unarmed protestors. And another child taken from his parents tortured and murdered. We're Keeping Them Honest. Plus, see why there was a scuffle outside the courthouse where the Casey Anthony trial is taking place. And you'll hear why the medical examiner ruled Caylee's death a homicide.
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“There’s a big scary thing with a wild eyes and an evil grin. And then there’s Jack Black."
“I keep telling Jack that I AM his brother from another mother, but he just gets vicious.”
Orlando (CNN) - The duct tape found on Caylee Anthony's skull could have been sufficient to kill the little girl, prosecutors said Friday.
The state showed jurors a graphic new video, which presented pictures of Caylee's skull superimposed over her smiling face. It demonstrated the duct tape could conceivably cover both the girl's nose and mouth, suffocating her as prosecutors allege.
"I believe that the exhibit was necessary to establish the state's theory that this duct tape was sufficient to be the murder weapon," said attorney Jeff Ashton.
The defense had argued vigorously against allowing the video into court, saying it presented just one of many possible scenarios and would serve only to inflame sentiments among the jurors.
But Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry agreed to allow the video into evidence. Determining the role of duct tape in the girl's death was "highly relevant," he said.
Perry also denied a mistrial motion made by the defense, related to the video, at the close of Friday's proceedings.
Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, 25, faces seven counts in her daughter's death, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading investigators. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
Earlier Friday, the chief medical examiner in the case said the way in which prosecutors say Caylee's body was discarded left no doubt that the girl was intentionally killed.
Dr. Jan Garvaglia testified that Anthony's failure to report her daughter missing for more than a month was just one of three red flags that strongly indicate foul play.
The others were the discovery of the girl's remains amidst black garbage bags in a wooded field - "tossed in a bag to rot" was her testimony - and the presence of duct tape on the girl's skull.
"There is no child that should have duct tape on its face when it dies," Garvaglia testified. "There is no reason to put duct tape on the face after it dies."
Attorneys for Anthony have said Caylee was not killed, but rather drowned in the family pool and that Casey Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked and tried to cover up the death. George Anthony denied that scenario during his testimony.
Prosecutors allege Anthony used chloroform on her daughter and suffocated her by putting duct tape over the little girl's mouth and nose. They allege she put her daughter's body in her car trunk before disposing of it. Caylee's skeletal remains were found on December 11, 2008, less than a mile from the home of Anthony's parents.
Anthony has pleaded not guilty and denied having anything to do with her daughter's death.FULL STORY
Yayladagi, Turkey (CNN) - Syrian security forces and helicopters sprayed automatic weapons fire into a crowd of thousands of protesters demonstrating Friday after prayers in the northern town of Maaret al-Nouman, witnesses said.
At least four men were killed, activist Fadi Moustafa Sufi said.
An activist who has provided CNN with reliable information in the past said the crowd numbered in the tens of thousands when security forces on the streets and an attack helicopter aloft opened fire.
Some demonstrators used their personal weapons, including hunting rifles and AK-47s, to detain a number of members of the security forces when they ran out of ammunition, said the activist, who did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation. He did not say that demonstrators exchanged fire with the security forces.
Citing the intensity of the gunfire from the security forces, the activist predicted the death toll would rise.
CNN cannot independently confirm the activist's report.FULL STORY
Reporter's Note: I’ve written a letter to President Obama every day he’s been in office. Hey, maybe the Post Office is going to give up on weekends, but not I!
Dear Mr. President,
Did you see me? I was out for a fairly long run in this scorching heat and I heard sirens, saw motorcycles, and suddenly there you were! Well, I guess it was you. I haven’t checked your schedule to see for sure, but it was near your daughter’s school and there was obviously some kind of end-of-year celebration going on, so I assumed.
I waved. So either you saw it, or the Ambassador of Whoknowsistan was very confused by this sweaty white guy running and hollering alongside his motorcade. Ha! Then again, like I said, it was pretty hot. Maybe the whole thing was a hallucination.
Speaking of hallucinations, did you see this news about Newt Gingrich’s campaign? Folks are bailing out from that camping trip like the tent is on fire. He insists that he’s going to keep soldiering on to win the Republican primary, but I can’t imagine that it will be easy.
Juneau, Alaska (CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin moved quickly to link a key figure in a corruption scandal that rocked the state's political establishment to her defeated predecessor, newly released documents show.
"FYI - I've asked Frank Bailey to help me track down soem [sic] evidence of past administration's dealing with Bill Allen," Palin wrote on May 8, 2007, a day after Allen pleaded guilty to bribery, extortion and conspiracy.
The document is one of the roughly 24,000 pages of records from Palin's administration released by Alaska state officials on Friday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - A second Syrian teenager has been returned to his parents - lifeless, battered and, according to activists, a victim of torture.
A video released Thursday by activists includes a woman wailing as a body is unwrapped at the hospital in Daraa.
"My son, it's my son," the voice cries out. "This scar here, I swear its my son, I stitched this cut on him when he was little."
The boy was identified as Tamer Mohammed al Sharey, 15, who disappeared after an April 29 demonstration.
He was from the same village as Hamza Ali al-Khateeb, 13. Hamza's killing has enraged, mobilized and emboldened the country's opposition movement. Tamer was at the same demonstration Hamza attended, according to activists.
Tamer's body was one of 14, including those of other children, that arrived at the hospital.
In the video, voices curse Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As several men clean Tamer's thin frame, a bullet wound beneath the knee is clearly visible.
As the camera moves to his head, a voice says, "look at the signs of torture."
The teen's face appears dark and discolored. An activist from Daraa told of marks on the boy's body. He said he believes Tamer was tortured, possibly electrocuted.
Children led Tamer's funeral procession carrying banners reading, "Tamer the martyred ... detained alive ... martyred after torture."
CNN cannot independently verify what happened to Hamza or Tamer, or verify the authenticity of videos allegedly showing their remains.FULL STORY
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